Friday, September 21, 2012

Art of Silks


I'm currently up to my eyeballs in Silk.  Well, not the fabric kind of silk, rather the shimmering, glistening, paint kind of silk...Luminarte's "Silks Acrylic Glaze" to be exact.  I'm engaged in an invigorating, liberating, uplifting project for Leslie Ohnstad, the inventor of  Silks Acrylic Glaze and Twinkling H2O's.

I won't say much about the details of the project at this stage, but I will say that Leslie and her vision, talent, and obsession with color have completely transformed my life. This project has also bought me into collaboration with another artist for whom I have enormous respect, and working in collaboration can push you in ways you never imagined...I LOVE IT!!!  

As many of you know, I am kind of addicted to Luminarte products...and no, I am not on their payroll.  However, through my absolute love of Twinkling H2O's and Silks Acrylic Glaze, I have been able to find a vehicle for my honest and soulful art. I wrote my classes "Mastering Twinks", and "A Taste of Silks" as a love letter to Luminarte, wanting to share the shimmering, glistening wonder of these products with as many people as I could. 

Throughout my learning journey, the very hardest part is accepting who I am as an artist, and that what I create is worthwhile.  It's difficult not to constantly compare myself and my work to others around me, especially when there are so many amazingly, talented individuals out there.  But I have very quickly learned that that is a road to nowhere. I am me, nobody else is me, and I am nobody but me!

I am my own worst critic and often go through a crisis of confidence. In fact, I've been very much in one of those lately. Hating everything I do, ready to pack it all in and get a real job.  But it's been thanks to a few of my very special art friends who are honest, encouraging, and hugely supportive that I keep going.

One thing has remained steady and true in my artistic life, and that is my love of color and shimmer. So thanks to Leslie Ohnstad's vision, I have found a voice for my art, and thanks to her incredible team of paint-makers, art around the world has been made all the more beautiful by her products.

The works I am showing you here are part of this project I am creating for Leslie.  These works are all done on fabric using Silks Acrylic Glaze exclusively.  You cannot see the shimmer so clearly, the fabric swatches are huge and they are difficult to photograph, but they are truly breathtaking and my studio looks like it's been consumed by a rainbow of sparkle. I wish you could see it!  Once I have completed this project, I plan to continue on with this kind of work as part of my repertoire, and I will share some of this process with you in the weeks to come.

Luminarte run both of my classes on their website, and from time to time, Leslie sends me samples of her new release colors to play with.  In fact, I received a delicious box of shimmering acrylic joy today.  She has just released 25 amazing new colors in the hugely popular Silks Acrylic Glaze range, including my very favorite color of all time "Pretty Peridot".  To celebrate, Luminarte are running a special price on the entire collection for a very short time.  Click here if you'd like more info.

Thanks for checking in. xx